TOKYO – It never hurts a foreign company to have a powerful ally behind China's silk curtain and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. has one of the best. When talks first began with China's second-biggest vehicle maker in 2000, both Nissan and Dongfeng Motor Corp. were thinking about adding a small car to the lineup. A year later in Beijing, with serious negotiations under way, Dongfeng Chairman Miao Wei and Nissan President Carlos Ghosn were surprised during a courtesy call on Vice Premier Wu Bang ...

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